Think that's an S & W thing.Hey Twaits, refresh my memory, didn't the "X" on the frame under the serial number indicate a return to the Colt factory for work or am I thinking of some other anomoly that gets all jumbled in my head? I swear I'm getting more "I used to know these things and now I don't" moments as the months progress
I went back to the auction and sure enough it does appear to be crossed sabers. Not only that but it has the "T" which typically indicates targeted. So maybe a calvary/military connection? Interesting speculation on a square butt, indeed.As someone who has done a considerable amount of US Cavalry reenacting, I'm almost certain those are crossed cavalry sabers. The tips are to the left, the hilts to the right. It'll take someone with more knowledge than I have to explain sabers on a DS, but that's what they are. I can't wait to find out if someone knows why on earth they're there!
Arizona Bill, great observation!! Just to add to the discussion here are pictures of my DS SN 472416 that is parkerized. I purchased it in hopes that it may have been a gun acquired by the US Gov't at the beginning of WW-2. It has the 'possible' crossed sabers, also. I have 'blown it up' as much as possible and even added 'white-out' into the numbers and the sabers.
Since this gun is >70,000 later, the die that was used may have been 'worn' quite a bit.
I have a request sent to Colt Historical for a letter. I will post that information when I receive it.